Happy Thanksgiving From Oilpressure.com!

Posted in IndyCar on November 25, 2015 by Oilpressure

As we IndyCar fans look back on 2015, there really is a lot to be thankful for. Of course, there was also tragedy as we lost Justin Wilson to a fluke accident at Pocono in August. But we can be thankful that the IndyCar community stepped up and raised over $600,000 for the care of his young children. The efforts by Graham Rahal and several others shows the strong bond among those who are competitors on the track, but close friends off of it.

We can also be thankful that the series will be going to exciting new venues next season. While we lost races in Los Angeles, Milwaukee and New Orleans; the series gained popular races in Phoenix and Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin along with a new event in Boston.

I’m also very thankful that we can all look forward to the upcoming 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 next May.

While the series confounds us at times, I’m more and more excited about the promotion of Jay Frye to IndyCar President. The more I hear, I’m more convinced that he is the man for the job and can help build on what he’s been handed.

This time of year is always good for reflecting. Personally, I have a lot to be thankful for. I’m coming off one of the best years I’ve had in my day job. I’m very happily married to Susan, who also happens to be my best friend. This past weekend, I attended the wedding of my nephew, Jimmy Phillips, who also happens to be a huge IndyCar fan; in South Carolina. Congrats to him and his new bride Rebecca!

But I’m most thankful that this weekend, I again have the privilege of having Thanksgiving dinner at my mother’s house – the house I grew up in. My mother is now ninety-one years old. She also went to South Carolina for the wedding last weekend, but she still has the energy to prepare tomorrow’s Thanksgiving dinner. And before I get accused of being a slug and not helping – she’s insistent on doing most of it herself (although she does allow Susan to help a little bit in the kitchen). For this, I am very grateful and I know to cherish every moment of it.

Susan and I want to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday and weekend.

George Phillips

Please Note: Since I do not wish to spend the Thanksgiving weekend behind a keyboard, I am going to take my usual break from here this weekend. There will be no post here on Friday Nov 27 or Monday Nov 30. I will return here one week from today on Wednesday Dec 2. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! – GP

One Memorable Weekend In Phoenix

Posted in IndyCar on November 23, 2015 by Oilpressure

Last week, Racer.com ran a story about Andretti Autosport running at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) for a team test earlier in the week. Marco Andretti was quoted throughout the article discussing how fun the new configuration at Phoenix is for a driver. The article also speculated that Arie Luyendyk’s twenty year-old record at PIR may be in jeopardy, when the series returns in the spring after a ten-year absence.

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An Offseason Waste Of Time

Posted in IndyCar on November 20, 2015 by Oilpressure

Just because it’s the offseason, you didn’t think that One Take Only was on hiatus, did you? For those that don’t know or have been trying to forget, One Take Only is the videoblog of Oilpressure.com. My longtime friend, John McLallen, and I set up the camera in my backyard and just start talking racing. Our conversations are always unrehearsed, unscripted and unedited. They are also generally uninteresting. When we stop, we turn off the camera and that’s what we have – hence the name One Take Only. Some love these, some actually despise them. You decide.

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Is IndyCar Too Indy-Centric?

Posted in IndyCar on November 18, 2015 by Oilpressure

Recently, there has been a growing feeling among some fans that the Verizon IndyCar Series is too Indy-centric; meaning that the series places way too much importance on the Indianapolis 500. I will say right now that I am not one who thinks this. But there are some people that I have a great deal of respect for that do feel this way, so I think it’s something that is worth discussing.

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A Surprising Laugh From IndyCar

Posted in IndyCar on November 16, 2015 by Oilpressure

Given the gravity of the events in Paris over the weekend, I thought it would be nice to have a more lighthearted post today. That’s not to make light of the situation at all. Along with the horror we saw throughout the weekend, there is also the numbing fact that these attacks will continue to happen across the globe as well as here in America. There has been much debate on what America’s next step should be. But this is not a political site, but an IndyCar site. With that in mind, I’ll offer a quick relief from the serious discussions of the weekend.

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Mark Miles Announces His Choice

Posted in IndyCar on November 13, 2015 by Oilpressure

Recently, another website accused me of being a cheerleader for all things IndyCar. Personally, I don’t agree with that sentiment – but if one person thinks that, there are possibly others that do as well. If you are one that thinks that way, you might want to skip today’s post because I’m going to give kudos to IndyCar on their choice to replace former IndyCar president Derrick Walker. But I’ll also discuss why some may not be all-in on this pick.

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Silly Season: Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Posted in IndyCar on November 11, 2015 by Oilpressure

This is the fifth in a series of posts I’ve written regarding the 2015-16 silly season. It’s been a few weeks since my last one, but schedule announcements and other topics took precedence over my meanderings about what might happen on teams that may or may not have an open seat for next season. Like the other four in this series, this is not a prediction of what I think will happen. Instead it is simply me venting on what I think should happen. There’s a big difference. Today’s post deals with my wish-list for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

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